No, you are never an advocate of reason. You are, in reality, an advocate of secular mysticism, which is even worse than the advocacy of the religionists whom you passionately reject.
- A notice to my Free-farter visitors: I don’t expect you to adduce any sane, rational, logical argument. Do not even attempt to rationalize a floating abstraction or any premise grounded in whims and caprices, and masquerading as a by-product of science, logic or reason. Let this be my final encounter with you, and I end it with this quotation by Thomas Paine: “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administeringmedicine to the dead .”
- NOTE: This article was first posted on my old site on Feb. 26, 2010.
A promoter of reason?
atheistic group called the Filipino Freethinkers by claiming that they are not promoting atheism but reason. Here’s what this Filipino Freethinker said:
“First of all, the Filipino Freethinkers are not promoting atheism, but reason. Mind you, there are agnostics, deists, and even liberal theists in the group.”
Here’s my reply:
I don’t think that that atheistic group promotes reason. I don’t think they really understand the concept of reason. Do not confuse secularism with rationality. Being a secular doesn’t mean you embrace reason. If that’s the case, what kind of reason does this atheistic group promote? Is it reason by, for, from the liberals, socialists, secular humanists, etc.? For the liberals, reason constitutes in sacrificing one group to another group through their progressive programs and the concept of egalitarianism.
No, it is not reason that this atheistic group promotes, but secular mysticism. The proponents and advocates of secular mysticism are motivated not by a quest for truth, but by hatred of religion and of man’s mind. Indeed, it is only proper to blast the cover of the self-avowed Freethinkers by calling their mystic group by its proper name. But yes, these Freethinker mystics are worse enemies of reason than the religionists whom they fervently decry.
I also observed that this group serves as a cultist sanctuary for communists, Satan worshipers, and even deists as this commenter claimed. So it is only proper to call this mediocre group “Filipino Free-FARTERS”, instead of Freethinkers, a self-serving word invented by and for the secular mystics.
The Filipino Freethinkers explicitly states its understanding of reason: “When you try to usereason and science to reach your own conclusion about something, you are freethinking.” (emphasis not mine)
For your information, reason is not an end in itself; it’s a noun not an adjective; it’s a process not a bumper sticker. Reason, from the Aristotelian and Objectivist point of view, is a faculty that identifies and integrates the material provided by one’s senses. Reason does not simply mean science. In essence, reason is a process, which every scientist or inventor must possess in order to produce a productive idea or any object with commercial value. Epistemologically, reason tells you that you cannot have your cake and eat it too. Objectively speaking, it is this faculty that integrates man’s perceptions by means of forming abstractions or conceptions, thus raising man’s knowledge from the perceptual level, which he shares with animals, to the conceptual level, which he alone can reach. The method which reason employs in this process is logic—and logic is the art of non-contradictory identification.
Metaphysically, a rational human being believes that existence exists. This is because reason is man’s only means of grasping reality and of acquiring knowledge—and, therefore, the rejection of reason means that men should act regardless of and/or in contradiction to the facts of reality. That said, I say that both the liberals and progressives act against reason because almost all of their programs are in breach of reality and of reason.
In the United States, it is the liberals, progressive and statists who caused the creation of the Federal Reserve that is now the root of all crises in America. It is the Frankenstein Community Reinvestment Act and the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of the Liberals and Democrats with the help of statist Republicans that triggered the economic crisis.
In the Philippines, it is the mongrel orgy of the statists, liberals, progressives that worked for the passage of the EPIRA law that led to the monopolization of our power industry, and caused poor services, high costs of electricity, etc. All government intervention into the Philippine economy was inspired by the spirit of altruist liberalism, progressiveness and egalitarianism.
Now the Leftists in Congress are pushing for the passage of a socialist bill called the Reproductive Health bill that is being ardently supported by members of the Free-farters. The RH bill is the brainchild of the liberals and leftists in Congress, and it is only expected that their absurd followers support this evil legislative proposal. This, in essence, is in breach of reality and reason not merely because it seeks the sacrifice of the successful and the rich to the poor, but because its provisions violate the inalienable individual rights of a particular group in favor of another group. (Check the full detail of my explanation here, here, here, here and here).
When rights are at stake, contradictions cannot and should not exist. Those who support the RH bill are all IRRATIONAL and illogical because they are acting beyond reason. Any person or group whose ideas or actions breach reality and individual rights cannot claim to be an advocate of reason. Now you irrational supporters of the RH bill claim we must control or manage population, but how are you going to control/manage it? Through the use of government force? You fervently assert women and poor people have the right to reproductive health services, but what about the rights of the employers and doctors? Is this what you call rational? You don’t have the right to force a certain group in order to serve another group. This RH bill which you Free-farters passionately and insanely support is a mockery of reason and justice. No, you are never an advocate of reason. You are, in reality, an advocate of secular mysticism, which is even worse than the advocacy of the religionists whom you passionately reject.
Like I stated in my blog entitled Freethinkers or Free-farters, “What most New Atheists failed to understand is that they share similar “code of morality” with the religionists whom they fanatically denounce. This “code of morality” that empowers the two destroyers of our civilization— Faith and Force— is Altruism. Yes, altruism is the morality that deeply polluted the minds of both the New Atheists and the religionists. This type of man-sacrificing ethical system conceptualized by Auguste Compte, states that it is the moral duty or obligation of individuals to serve the good and welfare of others and put their interests above their own.”
You must understand that thinking is not an automatic function. In any hour and issue of his life, man is free to think or to evade that effort.
Objectively speaking, “Reason is man’s tool of knowledge, the faculty that enables him to perceive the facts of reality. To act rationally means to act in accordance with the facts of reality. Emotions are not tools of cognition. What you feel tells you nothing about the facts; it merely tells you something about your estimate of the facts. Emotions are the result of your value judgments; they are caused by your basic premises, which you may hold consciously or subconsciously, which may be right or wrong.”
If you Free-farters claim to be an advocate of reason, what then is the underlying philosophy of your mongrel atheistic movement? Or do you ever believe in philosophy? I observe that you agree on a number of issues like the RH bill. The real reason for the opposition of the RH bill is not the societal view of women and sex. Opposition to this progressive bill must be based on the concept of individual rights. Yes, you have the right to medical services, but you can’t tell the doctor, who spent a lot of money and years of his/her life studying medicine, to treat you for free. The proper concept of “right” means the right of every individual to choose and to reject self-destruction. Such a right cannot extend to enslave your neighbor. It simply means a right to choose or not to choose.
Your altruistic stance on the RH bill and a few political and social issues reveals your liberalism, progressiveness and egalitarianism. If you truly know the real concept of reason, you would understand that these “isms” are an affront to reality, justice and reason. I have clearly statedhere my strong opposition to these three pillars of a collectivist society:
“Unknown to many, the 1987 Constitution was shaped by the following anti-ideologies that are now delivering the Filipino nation to complete collectivism and dictatorship: political correctness, progressiveness, and egalitarianism. The logical effect of these three enemies of reason and individualism is this dominant culture in this country— the culture of mediocrity.”
I repeat, do not ever kid yourselves that you make sense by claiming you are advocates of reason. Even Immanuel Kant claimed he was an advocate of reason when in fact it is his subjectivist philosophy that continues to distort and pervert the very concept of reason. It is this mystic philosopher who closed the door of philosophy to reason. No, Kant did not obliterate reason; he merely distorted it in order to poison and destroy man’s rational faculty. You may not know it, but all of you are closeted Kantians. Many of the so-called intellectuals today are avowed or closeted Kantians. It is his followers today who have been diligently widening the breach between reason and reality. Now it is “you”, the followers of these mini-Kantian thinkers and philosophers, who continue the destruction of reason in the name of reason by ignoring reality and the concept of individual rights. And in the name of reason, you pragmatists set up a range-of-the-moment vision as an enlightened standpoint on life, context-dropping as the rule of epistemology, expediency as a fundamental code of morality, and collective subjectivism as a surrogate for metaphysics (real reality).
So you also claim that you offer a good defense of science? Did you know that science was born as a consequence or corollary of philosophy? Science cannot survive without an epistemological and philosophical foundation. If philosophy dies, science will be the next to perish. History tells you that the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment saw the propagation of science. I know that some of you utterly reject philosophy and ideas. But did you ever know that it is the philosophy of Aristotle that led to the propagation of science? Aristotle was the first philosopher of science, a fact clearly understood by the scientists and thinkers of the Age of Reason through St. Thomas Aquinas’ revival of Aristotelian philosophy in the medieval age.  A true defender of reason and science truly understands what makes reason and science exist and prevail. A truly rational individual understands that science only exists in a free society governed by objective laws and principles and supported by a socio-political system that respects man’s nature and rights- Capitalism.
Yes, most of you have not yet discovered the true concept and virtue of capitalism. You reject this socio-political system because you have been taught by your college professors that it is evil. It is only Capitalism that guarantees the existence and the survival of science and reason. Science cannot exist in a collectivist, statist society like North Korea, Cuba, and Maoist China. Now the intelligentsia of socialist Venezuela is leaving the country because dictator Hugo Chavez put a moratorium on brains through his statist/pro-poor programs. Scientists, capitalists and men of ability and of self-esteem cannot exist in a self-sacrificing society. No one can ever rule a man of self-esteem.
A true advocate of reason truly understands that contradictions cannot exist. In order for Man, who is the standard of value, to live and exist, he needs a society that does not contradict his nature and respects his inalienable individual rights. Thus, for a society to be free, it has to embrace a certain type of socio-economic system that is consistent with man’s nature and rights. Man’s nature suggests that he cannot exist in a society that regards him as a sacrificial animal. Man’s rights also suggest that he has to live in a society that embraces rational principles and objective moral ideals. This is how the United States of America developed and became the most prosperous nation in the world.
You cannot defend reason with your progressive, egalitarian, liberal ideologies. It is utterly wrong and even immoral for the members of this Filipino Free-farters group to claim they advocate for reason and science if the ideas, which they passionately propagate were against individual rights, liberty, reality and the ideals of a free society.
SEE RELATED ARTICLES:
 Hunt, Shelby D. (2003). Controversy in Marketing Theory: For Reason, Realism, Truth, and Objectivity. New York: M.E. Sharpe, p.16. Shelby states: “Aristotle not only did science, he was also the first philosopher of science.”